Art in Ad Places: A New Book Collects 52 Public Artworks Installed in Pay Phones Across NYC (10 pics)




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Artwork by Andrea Sonnenberg, all installation images by Luna Park

Frustrated by the daily bombardment of advertising on the streets of New York City, artist Caroline Caldwell and writer  RJ Rushmore decided to produce a project that would dampen the sheer volume of visual marketing strewn throughout their environment. The pair didn’t have the budget to prompt an entire overhaul, but they did have the incentive to construct an intervention that would offer an alternative glimpse to the city’s high volume of print-based advertisements.

For their 2017 project,  Art in Ad Places , the pair recruited 55 artists and collectives from across the country to produce 55 works to be temporarily displayed on pay phone booths across New York City. The installations were each presented for a week, and documented by their collaborator, street art photographer Luna Park .

“Pay phones were a perfect choice because they’re disappearing from the streets,” Rushmore told Colossal. “So I’d like to say that our ad takeovers were intended as a swan song for pay phones. Plus, contemporary pay phones serve no real function except to serve advertising, and that feels wrong. Nobody’s using pay phones to make calls, so why do we put up with their ads?”

The 52-week campaign ended in December of last year, however it has recently been compiled into a new book that documents the year-long installation. Art in Ad Places: 52 Week of Public Art Across New York City  is available through Rushmore’s street art blog Vandalog  and features statements from each artist alongside essays written by the project’s three collaborators. You can see the entire range of poster-sized artworks produced for Art in Ad Places on the project’s  website  or Instagram .

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Bones Not Bombs by Pat Perry

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My Ad is No Ad by John Fekner

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Artwork by For Freedoms with Hank Willis Thomas

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“I HATE THE SOUND OF SILENCE” by Cheryl Pope

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Artwork by Martha Cooper

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The Ecstasy of St Katsuhiro Otomo by Nomi Chi

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Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

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Artwork by Louise Chen aka Ouizi

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Blue Lady by Parker Day




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